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Silent Circle Follows Lavabit, Shuts Down Secure Email Service


"Email that uses standard Internet protocols cannot have the same security guarantees that real-time communications has," wrote Jon Callas, chief technology officer of Silent Circle, on the company's blog today (Aug. 9).

"There are far too many leaks of information and metadata intrinsically in the email protocols themselves," Callas wrote. "Email as we know it with SMTP, POP3, and IMAP" — the standard email networking protocols — "cannot be secure."

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